University of Minnesota

Accounting Student Profile

Name: Nate Bormann
Graduation Year:
Hometown: Perham, MN

Sophie Campbell

How and why did you choose your major?

I came into college not having a great sense of what I wanted my major to be. However, after I took my first accounting class I knew that it was something that interested me. Subsequently to this class I was able to get an accounting internship at a manufacturing company and at a public accounting firm. The experiences I had in my first accounting classes and in accounting internships helped to assure me that accounting was the right major for me.

Please give a description (in your words) of your major including the things you learn, favorite classes, and any challenges you have faced.

Accounting is a cool business major because as an accountant you are responsible for all transactions that take place within a business. I was drawn to the major because you get to analyze and look at how different parts of the business are performing. My favorite class so far has been ACCT 5101 (Intermediate Accouting). This class has taught me many new topics within accounting and challenged me to learn new and complex ideas within accounting.

What types of experiences outside of the classroom have you had relating to your major? (i.e. clubs, jobs, internships, volunteering, study abroad etc.)

Once I knew that accounting was the right major for me, I knew that I wanted to help out other students who had similar interests. I am the president of the Student Accounting and Finance Association here at the U. In this position, I am able to help setup networking and learning opportunities for accounting and finance students. We host a different company each week and this is a great way for students to learn if accounting is the right thing for them by learning about possible future employers. Additionally, I have completed two accounting internships. I interned at KLN Family Brands in their accounting department. This was my first actual experience with accounting and it was a really great opportunity to learn about the ins and outs of accounting. I also interned with Baker Tilly, a public accounting firm. In this internship I got to audit multiple companies and gain insight as to how different companies handle different accounting situations. The experience I have from these internships is extremely valuable and has helped me to confirm that accounting is the right major for me.

In your opinion, what is one thing, or one piece of advice that other students pursuing your major should know?

People seem to generalize that accountants are boring and do monotonous work. This is NOT true! Through my experiences, I have met many bright and exciting people. Accounting can be done in many different ways and will always offer a challenge. Do not listen to the generalizations and if you are thinking about majoring in accounting just give it a shot. You might surprise yourself!

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